KOKOMO  — Indiana is now a gambling mecca. We can play scratch offs, play the numbers, indulge ourselves playing Willy Wonka for money, bet on the ponies and now we can wager on sports. The next expansion of gaming that I’d like to see is political bookmaking. After all, if we can bet on whether the Colts will score on their next drive (bet against it), get a kick blocked (bet on it) or whether we’ll win the Super Bowl next year (called a sucker bet in Vegas), then why can’t we bet on politics?

Imagine going to the sports book right now and making a wager on who will emerge as the 5th Congressional District Republican candidate or on how badly Gov. Holcomb will trounce his Democrat opponent. Maybe drop a fiver on whether or not Attorney General Curtis Hill will survive his ethics complaint and be the Republican candidate for AG in 2020. 

Now that might spark my interest in gambling.

Of course, the first bet that I’d make is what the charge will be for President Trump’s next impeachment. If you think that all of this impeachment nonsense is going away, then you have been living in la-la land. Remember, the first calls for the impeachment of President Trump began in the spring of 2017, when Ukraine was still just Hunter Biden’s personal piggy bank. Back in those quaint days of yore, Trump was being excoriated for his collusion with Vlad the Impaler and the rigging of the 2016 election.

Remember those sweet days when Rachel Maddow, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, the New York Times and the Washington Post absolutely knew that Donald J. Trump actively worked with Russia to swing the 2016 election in his favor and destroy poor Hlilary Clinton’s chance to be president?

Remember the joy in the halls of Congress when Robert Mueller was appointed special prosecutor charged with investigating Trump’s alleged collusion, obstruction of justice and failure to use mouthwash? Oh, the euphoria as Hillary’s boys and girls in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice conspired to overturn the 2016 election results. But then, something went wrong. Mueller spent $36 million and failed to find any criminal act on the part of Donald Trump, not even a single incidence of jaywalking.

This only momentarily fazed the Democrats in the House of Representatives.  House Intelligence (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) Chairman Adam Schiff then convened a top secret investigation of his own into possible Trump offenses that might be conjured up for use as an impeachment excuse. Try as he might to stack the deck and rig the game, he was floundering about until the unnamed whistleblower blew his whistle. Forget for the moment that the whistleblower had zero first-hand information. Forget that the whistleblower was a Hillary Clinton partisan. Forget that the whistleblower was coached by members of Schiff’s staff in how to write a juicy complaint. Forget all of this and remember that President Trump was guilty of committing a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Never mind that there was never a quo in the quid pro quo. Democrats had an issue that they could use to craft articles of impeachment.

This was what the do-nothing Democrats in the House of Representatives had longed for since January of 2017. Doubt it? Here is what Democrat Maxine Waters told Essence Magazine in September, 2019, “I have been calling for and talking about impeachment of this president since his inauguration.”

So many challenges and problems facing our nation and the Democrats have done nothing since they took control in 2018 except stage an attempted coup d’etat. Democrats are now faced with the reality that President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the United States Senate and possibly will be reelected in large part because of the heavy handed bungling of Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  

After their upcoming impeachment defeat, like groundhogs, the Democrats will go back into their holes and try and look productive as we lead up to the 2020 election. But this will not last long. The calls for a new Trump impeachment will begin again as Democrats scramble to find some new bogus infraction on the part of the president.

This leads me back to my new Indiana revenue source of political betting.  Let’s get this new expansion of gambling passed before President Trump takes his oath of office in January, 2021. To speed things up a bit, let’s promise the teachers that the state’s handle on political wagering will go to increased teacher salaries. That should make this expansion bi-partisan and extremely popular.

What would I like to see as the very first political bet for 2021? I’d like to be able to wager what the grounds for President Trump’s next impeachment will be. I would like to bet a C note that there will eventually be an article of impeachment that accuses the president of infusing bigotry into policy that is harming our society. I am willing to make this bet because one of the new leaders of Democrat Party political thought, Rep. Rashida Talib, has advocated for just such an article. As we all know, it is a short distance from Talib’s lips to Nancy’s ears. In a political party where the inmates run the asylum, ridiculous thoughts miraculously become policy.

Maybe the United States will be seduced into embracing socialism or communism-light and will elect one of the current crop of tax, spend and give Democrat presidential candidates. Donald Trump will be vanquished and everything will be right with the world and the unicorns will play in candyland once more. I wouldn’t bet on that!

Dunn is the former Howard County Republican chairman.